What’s the Difference Between Aluminum and Fiberglass Window Screens?

living room with blue couch skylights and window screensConsidering how many decor options homeowners need to sift through, they can often overlook the window screens. They’re more different than you think. The differences may be nuanced, but there are some key properties that may sway you one way or the other. Let’s take a look at each of these choices, and then compare.

Aluminum Screening for Windows

Aluminum has been used in the construction of window screens for decades. In fact, it was the main choice for many home builders up until recent years. This screening comes in three typical styles: bright aluminum, dark grey, and black. While referred to as aluminum screening, it is actually an alloy of aluminum and magnesium and is often coated for additional protection.

Fiberglass Screening for Windows

More recently, fiberglass has become the more common choice for modern builds. This is due largely to its lower cost, especially when purchased en masse, and its additional flexibility. Fiberglass screening comes in three grades: standard, heavy-duty, and fine.

Having three types allows homeowners to choose which option makes the most sense for them – whether it’s the cost-effectiveness of standard, the additional weather resistance of heavy-duty, or the extra protection against insects of fine. Not nearly as durable as its aluminum counterpart, fiberglass makes up for it by providing reduced visibility from the outside. Additionally, fiberglass screening is available in several colors.

Comparing Aluminum and Fiberglass Window Screens

When it comes down to it, there is no clear winner between aluminum and fiberglass window screens. Each has its own benefits, so it all comes down to what you prefer. Consumers often like fiberglass screening because it tends to have more visibility – it’s more “see-through” than aluminum, so it doesn’t block the view from inside to outside as much.

While fiberglass is less expensive, aluminum is likely to be more durable. However, aluminum does tend to dent if something hits it, which can leave a mark that can’t be repaired and can be seen on the screening. Granted, aluminum won’t tear as easily as fiberglass, but fiberglass offers more “bounce back” and flexibility instead of denting. When it comes to color choices, fiberglass comes out on top, while Aluminum can sometimes last longer under consistent wear.

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